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New ‘Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild’ game is all that and more

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JR Ortega

By JR Ortega
March 11, 2017 at 8:41 p.m.


Warning: I’m finding it hard to talk about something that’s not “Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.”

This is not only the best Legend of Zelda game to hit the shelves since “Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time,” but it’s really one of Nintendo’s best game releases ever.

As many know, I’ve talked in detail during the past several months about the Nintendo Switch and its big launch title “Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.” Well, the console and title have been out now for almost two weeks, and it’s everything Nintendo and Legend of Zelda fans wanted and more.

We don’t have the concrete U.S. sales numbers yet on the Switch, but Nick Wingfield with the New York Times tweeted that the March 3 and 4 sales in the Americas exceeded the sales numbers of any console in Nintendo’s history. If this says anything, it goes to show how well the console is doing.

Of course, much of this success is credited to having “Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild” launch on the same day. Where do I start with this game? First off, the game is absolutely breathtaking, and it’s quite an undertaking as a player. I’ve been playing a little bit almost every day, and I’ve barely made a dent in it.

“Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild” director Hidemaro Fujibayashi and series creator Shigeru Miyamoto have done a fantastic job making the game truly open world. I’ve played many open-world role-playing games in my lifetime, and none has been this expansive, not even “Final Fantasy XV,” which is another amazing video game. If you’ve played “Final Fantasy XV,” then you know it’s pretty open world.

Well, “Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild” is more so. In this latest Legend of Zelda title, you can do anything and everything. You can scale each and every mountain and climb every single one of the thousands of trees throughout the land of Hyrule.

Many tools are at your disposal to help you on your adventure, especially with the map, which allows you to drop pins and icons, much like smartphone apps. The battle mechanics are smooth and an upgrade from all the previous titles I’ve played. I just can’t stress enough how wonderful this game and its story are. It’s more than just a beautiful game though.

Fujibayashi and Miyamoto have shown how to successfully keep a series like Legend of Zelda relevant. When new titles for the series are released, they always set the bar higher and higher. This is the highest I’ve ever seen, and it will likely take me months to complete the game in its entirety. Well, maybe not 100 percent completion; we heard a while back that it’s almost impossible.

Social media chatter around the world also praise the game, though there are several who feel the game isn’t a true Legend of Zelda game. Some don’t enjoy that the game has deviated from the linear gameplay its usually followed. I don’t agree, but as a fan, I know where they are coming from.

Each Legend of Zelda game I’ve played has had a special place in my gamer heart but having something this different is also a breath of fresh air. Regardless, this is part of the story. With hundreds of thousands of fans playing around the world today, our next big mission is to find out where the game fits in the series’ timeline.

For those who don’t know the series, I won’t bore you with how this game could play in the story’s timeline. That could be a book in itself. In fact, it is. Check out “Hyrule Historia,” which has 280 pages of historical information about the series. Also, “Arts and Artifacts” was also just released, which has a whopping nearly 500 pages on how theses stories have come to life in its 30-year history.

If you aren’t into the series, here’s what you do need to know. I’m 31 years old, so this game has been around almost all my lifetime. For fans, this is more than just some video game; this is very much a part of our lives. I realize this may sound silly to some, but it’s true.

The fact that this series has a timeline shows you just how invested Miyamoto is in the series. It’s no different than someone investing their time in a long TV or book series (which I also do). We all have hobbies.

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